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WEEKLY EMAIL: JUNE 02, 2011


Design and Business Education: The System Is Not Good Enough

FEATURED THIS WEEK : HELEN WALTERS

Design and Business Education: The System Is Not Good Enough

In the past few years, there have been interesting attempts from within both business and design schools to elevate the potential of design and creative thinking as drivers of differentiated value. Yet there are still relatively few graduates from these programs, and their impact and efficacy remain inconclusive.
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OBSERVATORY : PAUL LUKAS

Paul Lukas's Collection of Tap Handles

The tap handles used to dispense draft beer in bars and restaurants serve three functions: First, they let the customers see which brands of beer are available. Second, they serve as a branding opportunity for the breweries. And of course they need to function effectively as handles.
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OBSERVERS ROOM : JOHN THACKARA

Sweat Equity Infra

It's hard not to be impressed by the Millau Viaduct that's down the road from where I live in France. The tallest bridge in the world boasts an eight-span steel roadway, is supported supported by seven huge concrete pylons, and weighs 36,000 tons.
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OBSERVERS ROOM : ALEXANDRA LANGE

An Atlas of Possibility

"Wouldn't it be great if...": By the City/For the City asks you how to improve New York.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : JULIE LASKY

Ringing in the New Air

Isetan, the venerable Tokyo department store, is doing its bit for the atmosphere.
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OBSERVERS ROOM : RICK POYNOR

On My Shelf: Stefan Lorant's Lilliput

Stefan Lorant, one of the founding fathers of photojournalism, was already a highly experienced editor and art director when he launched Lilliput magazine in London. He would take two pictures that resembled each other in some formal and/or thematic manner and place them side by side on the spread. These unexpected pairings can be wry, funny, bizarre, whimsical, satirical and not always kind.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : MARIA POPOVA

A Voice for LGBTQ in the Middle East

Conversation with the activist Esra'a Al Shafei, founder of the website Ahwaa.org.
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OBSERVERS ROOM : MARK LAMSTER

World War II and the Challenge of the Rational

Curators Jean-Louis Cohen and Mirko Zardini have already offered readers of Design Observer a glimpse at the camouflage section of their exhibition on architecture and World War II, "Architecture in Uniform." If that hasn't already encouraged you to visit the CCA, or at least purchase the show's excellent catalog, my review in the latest issue of AR should be another prod in that direction.
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PLACES : MARTIN HOGUE

A Short History of the Campsite

"There is a satisfying immediacy about establishing an encampment for the night — clearing the site, erecting the tent, chopping wood, building a fire and cooking over the live flame — that in turn suggests a meaningful connection to landscape, place and the rugged life of backwoods adventurers.... This summer millions of Americans will take to the road in search of this powerful experience of nature." As the summer vacation season begins, Martin Hogue traces a history of the campsite, from early 20th-century wilderness camps to today's domesticated campgrounds, where the amenities include mini-golf and wi-fi.
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OBSERVERS ROOM : JOHN THACKARA

From Ecstasy to Exergy: Running Out of Easy Copper

Built in 1978 by German steel company Krupp, the giant Bagger 288 was designed for open mining trenching. It took more than five years and $100 million to design and manufacture. It can move more than 76,000 cubic meters (~2,700,000 cubic ft) of coal, rock, and earth in a day.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : ROBIN CEMBALEST

Assuming the Position: The Art of Gustav Metzger

The picture is among various images of tragedies — the Holocaust, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Vietnam War — that, since 1990, Metzger has covered, blocked with rubble, or otherwise obscured, forcing us to make an active effort to see them.
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OBSERVER MEDIA : ANDREW SLOAT

Winterhouse: A Video

Andrew Sloat wrote and directed this short film about Winterhouse, the studio of William Drenttel and Jessica Helfand. It was made for the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame in 2010.
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OBSERVATORY : JOHN FOSTER

Accidental Mysteries, 05.29.11

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age.
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OBSERVERS ROOM : ALEXANDRA LANGE

On GOOD: Why Are Car Seats So Poorly Designed?

The bad design of the car seat isn't just a problem for parents. It scales.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : BY ALEXIA

My Studio H Experience

Adventures in design crits: A high school junior recounts her Studio H year working with onerous classmates and power tools.
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Déjà Vu

Designer Chaz Maviyane-Davies on the reappearance of an old invention.
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PLACES ARCHIVE: WINTER 1983

An Interview with James Turrell

A 1983 interview with James Turrell, then beginning his transformation of the Roden Crater. The monumental work is scheduled to open to the public in 2012.
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